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ATLANTA: The Op-Ed Project Public Seminar
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ATLANTA: The Op-Ed Project Public Seminar

The OpEd Project invites you to participate in an innovative program to increase the diversity and quality of ideas and voices we hear in the world, to increase the visibility of women and other under-represented thought leaders in the public sphere—and to increase your influence and impact in the world.

When: Saturday, September 7th, 2013
From 10 AM until 5 PM
Where: Emory University Center for Ethics
1531 Dickey Sr.
Atlanta, Georgia  30322
United States
Contact: Rylee Sommers-Flanagan

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 Want to change the world?

The OpEd Project invites you to participate in an innovative program to increase the diversity and quality of ideas and voices we hear in the world, to increase the visibility of women and other under-represented thought leaders in the public sphere—and to increase your influence and impact in the world.

DATE: Saturday, September 7, 2013


 TBA (Emory University campus)


Super Early Bird Rate (ends August 9): $325

Early Registration Rate (ends August 28): $375

Regular Registration Rate: $425

*Or see our Pay in Words scholarship option

Register Here! 

Program: Influence, Contribution, Thought Leadership

This dynamic day-long seminar (which also grants one year of access to our national network of high-level media mentors) is based on game-inspired learning around thought leadership. High stakes scenarios, interactive exercises and thought games challenge participants to think more expansively about their knowledge and experience and their potential value in the world. We explore the source of credibility and how to establish it; the patterns and elements of powerful argument; the difference between being "right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more) and access to our high-level media mentoring team.

Why this matters

The voices and opinions we hear from in the world come from a tiny fraction and extremely narrow range of the population: mostly white, privileged and overwhelmingly male. What could we accomplish if we invested in all our missing brain power?

This seminar is open to all – including men – but our main focus is on minority voices (especially women). It is equally suitable for those with or without publishing or professional writing experience. If you are a man and would like to attend, or if you’d like to bring The OpEd Project to your university or organization, contact us.)

What is The OpEd Project?

The OpEd Project—featured by The New York Times and Katie Couric on her CBS Notebook series—is a social venture founded to increase the range and quality of ideas and voices we hear from in the world.  Working with top universities, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, we scout and train women and other under-represented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields (op-eds and much more); we connect them with our national network of high-level media mentors, and we vet and channel the best ideas and experts directly to media gatekeepers in all platforms. We also run year-long Public Voices fellowship programs for senior faculty at top universities. Read more:

The OpEd Project has worked with universities such as Stanford, Princeton, MIT and Yale; think tanks and nonprofits including the ACLU, the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Global Fund for Women; F500 companies including Google, Yahoo!, Time Warner, PWC and Merrill Lynch, and community groups across the nation, including social entrepreneurs in New Orleans, and a women’s prison reentry program.

Participants publish or appear regularly in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, NPR,, Slate, PBS, NPR, Huffington Post, and one piece that was #2 on Google News and had 20,000 hits in the first hour.  More importantly, as a direct result they have gone on to appear on national TV and radio, raised funds to launch non-profits and ventures, briefed Congress, received book deals and major speaking opportunities, and become national and international voices on their areas of expertise, shaping the major public conversations of our age.

Questions? Contact Rylee Sommers-Flanagan at


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